“We’re experiencing an explosive and very deadly surge,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said.
Dateline London England – A site called The Conversation has announced that a new Covid-19 variant know as Covid-19B has impacted both England and Canada and is up to 70% more contagious than the form of the coronavirus that paged the United States all the past year.
Apparently, the altered virus ‘carries 14 defining mutations including seven in the spike protein, the protein that mediates entry of the virus into human cells. This is a relatively large number of changes compared to the many variants we have in circulation globally.’
Some scientist are even now testing patients in cities like Los Angeles to see if the recent huge spikes in cases is actually do to the B variant. If this bares out, it becomes increasingly likely that the new form will displace the older one, in time. The good news is that, so far, cases of mortality rates do not seem affected. (Verification of that idea is also being tested and quantified, as of today).
This is an ongoing development that needs to be watched carefully.